"We have been informed that we have not been invited to make an in-person presentation", Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told MassLive.com in an email Sunday.
The Mariners, Padres, Angels, Dodgers, Giants, Rangers and Cubs will get a chance to meet with Shohei Ohtani and his representatives in Los Angeles in the coming days, The Post's Joel Sherman confirmed.
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Reports have surfaced that Otani is likely leaning toward a West Coast team in a smaller market, but with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer's reputation as master salesmen, the Cubs are still very much a threat to land Otani, according to reports.
The Yankees were not the only team to learn they would not be in the running for Ohtani.
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I mean, I wouldn't put it past him, not after his representation sent out a memo to all interested clubs asking how Ohtani fits in, not only to the particular club but the city it represents. So that was something that presentation or not, might be a hard thing to overcome. The more surprising storyline is that he said no to the Yankees, who were believed to be the favorites in the sweepstakes for the two-way Japanese superstar. I can't speak for them.
In 403 games over four seasons for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japan Pacific League, Ohtani batted.286 with 48 homers, 166 RBIs and a.859 OPS. In 543 career innings on the mound, he's 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
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What worsens that situation, Wicker went on to say, is that China remains an adversary of the United States and its allies because it wants to dominate the Pacific Ocean.